Community of the People
Inuit Ataqatigiit
Leader Kuupik Kleist[1]
Founded 1976
Headquarters Nuuk, Sermersooq, Greenland
Ideology Democratic socialism[2], Separatism[3], Socialism,
Left-wing nationalism,
Independence for Greenland
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament Group None
Official colours Red and White
Politics of Greenland
Political parties

Inuit Ataqatigiit (Greenlandic for "Community of the People") is a leftist and separatist political party in Greenland.[4][1] The party was born out of the increased youth radicalism in Denmark during the 1970s. The party strives to make Greenland an independent state.[5]

In the 2005 elections, the party won 22.6% of the popular vote and seven out of 31 seats.[2] Four years later, Inuit Ataqatigiit won a 44% plurality of the popular vote and doubled their share of parliamentary seats to 14 out of 31 seats in the June 2009 elections.[4]

Inuit Ataqatigiit is represented in the Folketing, the Danish parliament, by Juliane Henningsen. Its current president is Kuupik Kleist, member of the Parliament of Greenland.[1] Kleist replaced Josef Motzfeldt as president in 2008. In the Danish 2007 parliamentary elections, it retained one of Greenland's two seats in the 179-seat Danish Folketing.

Inuit Ataqatigiit made a major electoral breakthrough in the 2009 Greenlandic parliamentary election. Making gains from the 2005 Greenlandic parliamentary election, it doubled its total number of seats in the Parliament from 7 to 14 seats - just two seats short of a majority - and nearly doubled its total vote from 22.4% to 43.7%. It supplanted both its coalition partners, shifting the Forward party from first to second and the Democrats party from second to third.[5][1]


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